Next week I am required to turn in a draft of a mentorship proposal. This proposal will become the book I'll spend the majority of my time working on next semester, so it's not something to be taken lightly.
I am in a spot of bother for this assignment. Mostly it's because I'm chest-deep in my current WIP (NEEDS A BETTER CODE NAME) and I really don't want to think about another one right now, DARN IT!
Sadly, the syllabus dictates that I must. I have a few wisps of ideas floating around in my head, and I think I've decided to write something that will center largely around a magic academy of sorts (and, of course, the students that attend said academy). I ran into an immediate billion-dollar dilemma, however, packaged in the following two magic words: Harry Potter. The ultimate magic academy.
If I'm going to toss out a magic academy book, it's going to have to sparkle differently from all the other academies: Hogwarts, Wizard's Hall, Greenlaw College, etc. So I decided that the only thing to do was to study up on the (gulp) competition.
I started with Caroline Stevermer's A College of Magics. Honestly, I can't tell you how much I adore this book. (Actually, I can. Stay posted for a more in-depth review once I finally finish re-reading it.) I read this book for the first time...10 years ago? It was around that time. And boy oh boy has it stood up to the re-read. Everything is so clever! Inventive! Amazing! It's one of those books that I fall into so easily, losing awareness of everything that happens around me in favor of Faris and her happenings.
Have I learned some things to tuck into my own (future) WIP? Some. Mostly I've learned that this is a book that should get more attention. But I've also decided that there is going to have to be an arch-nemesis in my WIP (inspired loosely by Menary, of course). One of those girls who is awesome at being evil, so much so that you can't help but admire her even as you plot her accidental (but not really) demise.
So yeah. That's my (loosely-defined) creation of the day: arch-nemesis has now sprung into being. One hopes that a best friend follows soon thereafter.